KINGDOM OF GOD VS KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

The Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven are they one in the same thing or two different kingdoms. Biblical Author, Matthew, is the only apostle to use the phrase KOH.  Why is that?  Why is it that all apostles use KOG, including Matthew?  What makes these two phrases unique? 

This phrase “Kingdom of Heaven”, further known as “KOH” is used by Matthew only 32 times.  I’m not going to exegete all 32 verses but I will show were they are alike with the “Kingdom of God” known further as “KOG”.

Will an examination of Synoptic parallels will demonstrate that the two phrases refer to the same idea?

  • “the kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17) || “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15)
  • “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 5:3) || “Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Luke 6:20)
  • “Among those born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist, notwithstanding he who is least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than him.” (Matt. 11:11) || “Among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist, but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than him.” (Luke 7:28)
  • “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 13:11) || “the mysteries of the kingdom of God” (Mark 4:11 cp. Luke 8:10)
  • “the kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed” (Matt 13:31) || “the kingdom of God…is like a grain of mustard seed” (Mark 4:30-31 cp. Luke 13:18-19)
  • “The kingdom of Heaven is like leaven” (Matt. 13:33) || “the kingdom of God…is like leaven” (Luke 13:20)
  • “Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 18:3-4) || “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein” (Mark 10:15)
  • “Allow little children, and do not forbid them to come to me, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt. 19:14) || “Allow the little children to come to me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14 cp. Luke 18:16)
  • “a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 19:23) || “How hardly shall they who have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” (Luke 18:24).                                                                                                               2018 Bible.org

 There are two verses in Matthew I would like to discuss Matthew 19:23, 24.  

23, Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24,  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Moody dissertation on KOG vs KOH.    Question: “What is the difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven?”

Answer: While some believe that the Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven are referring to different things, it is clear that both phrases are referring to the same thing.   (IT is not clear clear that both phrases are referring to the same thing, although, Moody says they are and even though, the following phrases contain facts.) (EMPHASIS MINE)        The phrase “kingdom of God” occurs 68 times in 10 different New Testament books, while “kingdom of heaven” occurs only 32 times, and only in the Gospel of Matthew. Based on Matthew’s exclusive use of the phrase and the Jewish nature of his Gospel, some interpreters have concluded that Matthew was writing concerning the millennial kingdom while the other New Testament authors were referring to the universal kingdom. However, a closer study of the use of the phrase reveals that this interpretation is in error.  (2 Tim 2:15,   A Rightly dividing of the word of truth, over these verses will reveal that the KOG and KOH are very different.)(EMPHASIS MINE).

For example, speaking to the rich young ruler, Christ uses “kingdom of heaven” and “kingdom of God” interchangeably. (Matthew 19:23) Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven’” . In the very next verse, (Matthew 19:24) proclaims, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”.    Jesus makes no distinction between the two terms but seems to consider them synonymous.    (2 Tim 2:15,   A Rightly dividing of the word of truth, over these verses will reveal that the KOG and KOH are very different.)(EMPHASIS MINE)

Mark and Luke used “kingdom of God” where Matthew used “kingdom of heaven” frequently in parallel accounts of the same parable Compare Matthew 11:11-12 with Luke 7:28; Matthew 13:11with Mark 4:11 and Luke 8:10; Matthew 13:24 with Mark 4:26; Matthew 13:31 with Mark 4:30 and Luke 13:18; Matthew 13:33 with Luke 13:20; Matthew 18:3 with Mark 10:14 and Luke 18:16; and Matthew 22:2 with Luke 13:29. In each instance, Matthew used the phrase “kingdom of heaven” while Mark and/or Luke used “kingdom of God.” Clearly, the two phrases refer to the same thing.   (IT is not clearly that both phrases are referring to the same thing, although, Moody says they are.) (EMPHASIS MINE)

It is easy to say that because one biblical writer said similar things in a few comparative verses only, or clearly, means they are the same.  However, just the opposite is the truth, they are similar in those few places, but very different and speak of 2 very different Kingdoms.  They are different for these reasons:

1A,  Definition of the word “Kingdom”

Here is where some light will shine forth with the definition “Kingdom”.   Kingdom, basileia, and βασιλεία, (Greek Word), means reign of a realm, a kingdom reign .  Jesus would be the king that rules both kingdoms.  While both kingdoms are similar at times it is because each kingdom is ruled by Jesus.  Thus, answering the phrase “the Kingdom of God/Heaven is at hand “.   Each biblical author could say that when they wrote was because Jesus was there when they wrote about the situation.  

1B,  The word “heaven” has a variety of uses as well and is defined as;

noun. 1 a place regarded in various religions as the abode of God (or the gods) and the angels, and of the good after death, often traditionally depicted as being above the sky. • God (or the gods): Constantine was persuaded that disunity in the Church was displeasing to heaven. • Theology a state of being eternally in the presence of God after death. • used in various exclamations as a substitute for “God”: heaven knows! | good heavens! 2 (often heavens) literary the sky, especially perceived as a vault in which the sun, moon, stars, and planets are situated: Galileo used a telescope to observe the heavens. 3 informal a place, state, or experience of supreme bliss: lying by the pool with a good book is my idea of heaven.

According to any good real-estate agent the best place to live is determined by 3  things, Location, Location, and Location, therefore, in which location do you find the KOG and the KOH?   Each has a different location for they were both Created at different times!

1C,  The Kingdom of God existed before the Kingdom of Heaven, Job 38:3-7,

 God questioning Job,   “Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.    Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest?  or who hath stretched the line upon it?  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?   or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together,  and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

These sons of God noted in the passage are spiritual beings, (JOB 1:6, 2:1) angels, watching the Lord create the Heavens and the Earth.  Emphasis being that God already had a kingdom that he was in control of called (Kingdom of God), while in the process of creating another Realm (The Kingdom of Heaven), that is entirely Physical in nature, contingent on space, time, and dimensional aspects. Although, no matter how similar they are or may appear, they are in no way, shape, or form, the same.  For the KOG is Spiritual and the KOH is Physical! (Emphasis Mine).  The subjects of each kingdom are different!  Subjects of the KOH cannot enter the KOG upon their own volition!   They are physical, I Cor. 15:50, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption”,  The subjects of the KOG upon its creation were all direct creations of God, all Spiritual.  The same was true for the KOH, for Adam was a direct creation of God, however, physical, Genesis 1:26-27, in that he was called “son of God”, Luke 3:38.  Satan was member of this KOG as the anointed Cherub that covereth the throne,       Ezekiel 28:14, Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.”  God created hosts and hosts and thousands of thousands of angels, for there was no procreation among angels, Matthew 26:53,  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?  

Adam and Eve were Direct creations of God and yet were both made of the dust of the ground, (Physical).  Every one else were born physical, of flesh and blood and cannot inherit the KOG, but must be born again John 3:5-7, ” Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

Therefore the KOG is a spiritual kingdom and the KOH is a physical kingdom made at two specific different times and are as different as night and day.  They are different in where, when, and who, they were made, and who they were made for.   Who the subjects that lived in each are very different in substance, form, and purpose!

These parallel verses while looking like the phrases are used interchangeable, they are showing they  both have problems with the rich      Matthew 19:23,  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.     Matthew 19:24, again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

The problem with the rich is that they have no need for God.  They are increased with goods and have need of nothing.  That attitude with the church of Laodicean, Rev 3:17, “ Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”, shows the problem with someone who has no need of God in any realm or kingdom they dwell in.  These verses are only interchangeable in relation to the rich who think they do not need God, but does not mean the two kingdoms are the same.

The facts that each kingdom were, 1. constructed at different times, (KOG existed before KOH), 2.  in different ways, (KOG Spiritual Realm, KOH Physical Realm and 3.  having different types of beings to live in each of them, (KOG Angels, KOH Humans), shows that they are not the same on so many different levels, it is foolish to think they are the same, no matter how many verses show their similarities or who say they are the same.

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH

          Dispensational Truth, What is it?, where did it come from?, why is it important, if it is at all?, where is it going in the pursuit of bible knowledge?   From the things written on the subject these are some of the questions that have risen from the curious.   The word “Dispensation” is a “Biblical Term”, found in 1 Cor. 9:17, Eph. 1:10, 3:2, Col. 1:25.  The Greek word from which it is translated from is “οἰκονομία, oikonomia”, which is also translated “Stewardship” in Luke 16: 2-4.

Strong’s Concordance defines “οἰκονομία, oikonomia”: the management of a household or of household affairs specifically, the management, oversight, administration, of other’s property the office of a manager or overseer, stewardship administration, dispensation.

Since the word “dispensation” is a “Biblical Term” it is important and the topic is deserving of being rightly divided! The study of “Dispensations” falls into the area “Progressive Revelation”, (a Theological term) and thus directly related 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” The definition of “Progressive revelation” (Christianity), the concept that the sections of the Bible that were written later contain a fuller revelation of God compared to the earlier sections. However, the study on the Revelation from God will need to wait for another blog.

Each writer of the 66 books of the word of God were given an oikonomia whether stated so or not according to Strong’s definition. For the apostle Paul he says it was placed upon him, 1 Cor. 9:16-17, “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.” God gave Paul the responsibility to reveal things that were hidden since the world began, Eph. 3:1-5, “For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;”  Paul states some things were not revealed right away, Rom. 16:25 “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,”

Paul was given knowledge which no one knew about but was later revealed the other apostles by the Holy Spirit as stated in the verses above! Remember when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with those who were teaching in order to be saved they needed to be circumcised, Acts 15. It was Paul who the Holy Spirit used to reveal the mystery hidden noted by the phrase “my gospel,” in the verse above. Paul took ownership of his stewardship calling it “my gospel”. Up until Paul came along the gospel of the Kingdom was still being preached to Israel. The nation of Israel have not received the promises that were made unto them even to this day, they have not due to their rejection of the Godhead. They rejected the Father in the Old Testament, rejected Jesus when he walked among them, and rejected the Holy Spirit at the stoning of Stephen in Acts 7. Yet, Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, (past, present, and future), was buried, and was raised from the dead the third day according to the scriptures, on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus went on to the building of his church, just like he said he would, moving the “οἰκονομία, oikonomia, dispensation” from salvation through the Law of Moses (works) to salvation by Grace through Faith alone revealed and preached by the apostle Paul, hidden from all since the world began. Jesus is doling out salvation Freely, (not conditioned on works,) in this dispensation to all who put their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. (based on Faith alone).

This dispensation, of Grace through Faith, will end with a spectacular climax named in Latin as the “Rapture”, translated in English, found in the Pauline writings of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54. The Rapture is the catching away of the Church in the twinkling of an eye. THERE IS NO DATE SET FOR THIS EVENT! However, a person could state an assumption that it could happen on the Day of Pentecost like on the day the Church was empowered by the Holy Spirit, (Acts 2). Others have thought it may happen on the Feast of Trumpets, Tishri, the first month of the Jewish New Year, because of the phrase “the last trump”, (1 Cor. 15:52). Other hints are found by the phrase “come up hither” found in Revelation 4:1, 11:12. Both these passages are the raptures of the church (4:1) and tribulation saints (11:12), respectively. Yes, Two Resurrections, however, there’s a third, Matthew 27:50-53. “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” These three resurrections make what is called in Revelation 20:5-6 the First Resurrection, on such the second death has no power.

Another hint about the Rapture of the Church has to do with her as the Bride of Christ being called by her husband to be. King Solomon wrote in The Song go Solomon in Chapter 2:10-13 “My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs,
and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
The time of year Solomon was writing about was spring, late May-early June, about the time of the Day of Pentecost would fall on! (note Jewish Wedding Ceremony)

How many dispensations are there one may ask? The answer depends on who you ask! Different Dispensationalist, trying to rightly divide the Word of God, have given many many different answers to that question. The most notable person is Clarence Larkin with his books of charts. The best of his works is “The Greatest Book on Dispensational Truth in the World”! Dispensational Truth, Daniel, Revelation, Spirit World.  Hardcover Binding · Printed in the USA · Original Publishers. www.larkinbooks.com (864) 618-4796

Here is a picture of his works

Another well know dispensationalist ie C. I. Scofield, known for his study bible and work on 7 dispensation C I Scofield

See his book “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth”. These are the topics covered. All of these topics are important for anyone to know to rightly divide the word of God.

Chapter 1 The Jew, The Gentile, and the Church.

Chapter 2. The Seven Dispensations.

Chapter 3. The Two Advents.

Chapter 4. The Two Resurrections.

Chapter 5. The Five Judgements.

Chapter 6. Law and Grace.

Chapter 7. The Believer’s Two Natures.

Chapter 8. The Believer’s Standing and State.

Chapter 9. Salvation and Rewards.

Chapter 10. Believer’s and Professors.

These two men greatly influenced the study of eschatology through the introduction of “Dispensational Truth!”

Evidences from Scripture, The Doctrinal Differences of Paul and James

EPH. 2: 8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

James 2:18. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Thus the discussion begins between, James and Paul over Abraham, Salvation by Law and works and Salvation by Grace through Faith, and perhaps the various dispensations they represent! Thus the answer to this dilemma lies in which dispensation you’re talking about and where do these verses apply, in the dispensation of the law or the dispensation Grace.

Let it be said at the very beginning of this subject of Abraham that he is father of both dispensations of Grace and Law. Did Abraham receive Righteousness while under the Law or under Grace? Paul, answers that in Rom. 4:3. ” For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  cf. Gen. 15:5-6, “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”   Since, Abraham lived before the giving of the Law of Moses, he received his righteousness by believing what the Lord had said and promised, about his descendants numbering as the stars in heaven, thus by Grace through Faith. In the Dispensation of the “Age of Grace” or “Church Age” righteousness is received by believing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Cor. 5:21. “For he hath made him (Christ Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

When the apostle James speaks about Abraham and how he relates to a man showing his faith in God states James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?”  cf Gen. 22:15-18, “And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Both Paul and James’s account of Abraham’s life is true according to the dispensation in which James and Paul lived in! Abraham is the perfect example of Paul’s doctrine revealed to him after Christ Jesus appeared to him on the Damascus road, Acts 9:3-7, that salvation was by Grace through Faith, not of works, Eph. 2:8-9.   I might add this was a mystery revealed only to Paul, Rom. 16:25.     Abraham is also the perfect example of what James’ doctrine speaks of when he says “I’ll show you my faith by my works”, James 2:18, in the offering of Issac, Gen. 22:15-18.   Abraham is the perfect example of both dispensations because he first believed what God had said then in years later he obeyed what God said had asked him to do. Gen. 15:5-6, 22:15-18, respectively!

The dispensation of the Old Testament ended when Christ died. The New Testament began with Christ Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, Hebrews 9: 16 – 17. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.”  

Exodus 19 and 20 is where Moses records where God the Almighty, started the dispensation of the law entering a covenant, (Testament), relationship with God. Exodus 19:8 “And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.”  

Although, Salvation is always by the Grace of God. However, promises made to Israel were under the conditions of the law, which have yet to be fulfilled. Israel rejected God, (through unbelief of Jesus being their messiah and the breaking of their covenant made with God), Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, on three separate occasions, the last being the stoning of Steven, Acts chapter 7. The nation of Israel has displayed an unprecedented lack of faith and the scripture tells us without faith it is impossible to please God! Hebrews 11:6. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

I would like you, the reader, to see this amazing thing in the salvation process in both dispensations of Faith and Works, they are the two sides of the same coin. Eph. 2:8-10, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”    Salvation is obtained without works. However, works is very involved in the evidence that a person is in fact a son of God, John 1:12.   James says, James 2:14 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”  Paul answers above, it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”   James continues, James 2:17 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”  How amazingly this is true, note Eph. 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”   When compared to Paul’s teaching on “the Judgement Seat of Christ, 2 Cor. 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” cf  Romans 14:10 “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”    Like I said, “they are the two sides of the same coin.” Under Paul’s Doctrine we are not saved by what we do or don’t do, we are saved by Grace (unmerited favor, the getting of something we do not deserve, the Gift of God, everlasting life which we can never lose). Under James’ Doctrine the condition under which they are redeemed was through the keeping of the law, which they often couldn’t or wouldn’t do resulting in the loss of the promises given to them, which they have yet to receive! Their salvation can be lost according to the whole chapter of Ezekiel 18, a quote from this chapter, Ezekiel 18:26-28  “When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die”.    According to this passage, 18 of Ezekiel a man is declared righteous by what he does or doesn’t do. His works are of extreme importance to his soul living or dying. However, under Paul’s doctrine a man’s works are important to his reward. 1 Cor. 3:11-15, ” For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

A third dispensation in our conversation, to start in very near future is the 70th week of Daniel’s 70 week prophecy in Dan. 9:24-27, Dan. 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.   Known has the “Tribulation Period”, this 7 year period of time is when God pours out his wrath upon the earth and its occupants. This dispensation of the “Tribulation Period” is preceded by the “Rapture of the Church”, known as the “Pre-Tribulational Rapture”, in that discussion . The Rapture of the Church is the only event preceding the the tribulation from starting. When that happens people on earth will see in greater detail the orchestra begin to warm up with events happening in the Nation of Israel, something like we saw when Present Trump put our American Embassy in Jerusalem.

Salvation during the “Tribulation Period” is no longer according to the Pauline gospel, by Grace through Faith, a free gift of God not of works. On the contrary, Works are very important as also is Faith. We read in the book of Revelation how martyrs died, Rev. 12:17, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”    This verse showing the elements of their salvation works, keep the commandments of God and Faith, have the testimony of Jesus Christ.    Works and Faith, like the Jews under the Law. Who were also able to lose their salvation. The taking the “Mark of Beast” was a sure way to doom yourself, worship his Image is likewise not a good thing. Rev. 16:2, ” And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Should make note at this time that there is a “Mid-Tribulational Rapture of the two witnesses, (Moses and Elijah), according to Rev. 11: 1-13, “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

In this passage you are dealing with the Nation of Israel when the church, Body of Christ, has been removed from the earth and the Anti-Christ has made himself known. A new temple will be erected in Jerusalem and the two witness will be preaching. After 42 months the two witness will be put to death, in 3 days they will have their heads reconnected to their bodies for all to see and then raptured. How long of time between the Rapture of the Church and the Rapture of these Two Witnesses is not given. We are sure of this: it is at least 3.5 years between the two. AS stated earlier above concerning the book of Revelation, Both these passages are the raptures of the church (4:1) and tribulation saints (11:12), respectively.

At this point I’d like to vert your attention for a moment to how your New Testament lays out for you these 3 Dispensations Doctrinally. 1. The Four Gospels. Jesus was born under the Law, Gal. 4:4-5 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”     Thus the Law was in enforce up until the death of Christ, thus the Dispensation of the Law. 2. The Book of Acts is a transitional book to take you from Salvation by Works into Salvation by Grace through Faith, the Mystery Gospel, revealed by the Apostle Paul in 13 letters, Romans-Philemon, thus the Dispensation of the “Church Age”. 3. Hebrews is another transitional book to change the “οἰκονομία, oikonomia” dispensation to salvation by Faith and Works. James, in his book, starts it off writing to the twelve tribes, James 1:1 “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.”   James was not writing to the Church, or Chrstian Jews. Thus the Books of the General Epistles, or Hebrew Epistles, as some have called them. James-Jude, are Tribulation books Doctrinally, while The Book of Revelation is the capstone, revealing the Tribulation in four accounts like the four Gospels reveal who Christ is. Matthew, Christ the King, Mark, Christ the Servant, Luke, Christ the Son of Man, and John, Christ the Son of God.

What is meant by the phrase, “James-Jude, are Tribulation books Doctrinally”, is that these books aptly apply to the “Tribulation Period” readers. The Gospels aptly apply to jews under the Law and by application the Pauline writings aptly apply to the Church, the Body of Christ, doctrinally! All showing the 3 Dispensations of Law, Grace, and Tribulation, a Dispensational point of view to the scriptures. Under each, “οἰκονομία, oikonomia” dispensation, there are certain things for the Stewards to understand, what to do, or not do, for them to be faithful stewards and certain books are written to certain saints for that purpose. Some bible scholars have taken this to “Hyper” level, called “Hyper-Dispensationalism”, this is where various scripture verses come into play. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”   This verse shows there are many uses for the scriptures and scholars have said there are 3 Applications to the scriptures, Historical, Devotional, and Doctrinal. AS those of Berea we should do no less than they, Acts 17:11, These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”    and so we aught to practice  learning the scriptures as in, 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”    Examples of “Hyper-Dispensationalist” give statements like, “Jesus wasn’t talking to you.” or “James wasn’t talking to you!” A Dispensationalist sounds more like “All scripture is written for you, but All scripture is NOT written for you to Do”. This line of thinking is much more consistent with 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Timothy 2:15.      

The Scripture of Matthew chapters 5-7, “The Sermon on the Mount” is not written for believers of the Pauline Doctrine of Salvation by Grace through Faith for us to prepare for. Christ hadn’t died yet! However, it is written for believers of the Pauline Doctrine for them to know and understand but not for them do! Unto this point what we know from the O.T. all that God has for the Nation of Israel is ready to take place. God promised them a literal kingdom, with a king on the throne of David, the literal King is present, and begins to deliver the constitution of this literal earthly Messianic Jewish kingdom.

The End Times, Cont’d

 The End Times are here, not full-blown as of yet, but then again, Christians have had a reprieve from the Lord in the election of Present Donald Trump!  Things get full0blown 3.5 years once the AntiChrist things get started.  

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What I mean by that is, if Trump was not the president. our country was inline to become a third class country, setting the time  for when the Antichrist would step in and create his one world government!  I know that sounds alarmist, but if you are watching the news these days and seeing all the problems this president is having and know anything about the “Globalist Agenda”, You know through the Obama years we were being set up for that very thing!

I bring this up now so you can be aware of how close the catching away of the church is, thats right the Rapture!  The Nation of Israel sees it like this in the their Holy Feast Days, Leviticus 23, especially the fall feasts.   The first fall feast being the Feast of Trumpets!

The Feast of Trumpets was a blowing of trumpets to announce to God’s people of a time of judgement and Christ’s coming, ” (Joel 2:1; see also Zephaniah 1:14,16).  Now while these three feasts all are in the same month of Tishri the timing or fullment of their events may happen in different years.  Daniel’s prophecy in Dan 9, 24-27, noting the time of Jacobs trouble, Jeremiah 30, that there may be years between the three fall Feasts, even though they are celebrated every year at the same time each year.  There are 7 years between Christ’s actual coming and a time of judgement by the anti-christ, Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Jer. 30, Dan 9:24-27. (See blogs on The Feats of the Lord Parts 1 & 2

For the Christian this lines up with, you guessed it, the Rapture, When all are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, I Thess. 4:13-18, I Cor. 15:50-54.

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Israel will face judgement from the Lord for the rejection of their Messiah.  The Christian’s judgement is located at the Judgement Seat of Christ, I Cor. 3:11-15. Another topic fo another blog.  

The time leading up to the rapture is the subject at hand along with those events that set it in place.   The question to ask is, “Where is the USA in all this?”  or “What kind of political situation does the USA face for this to happen?”   Obama was getting America in that position with his policies while in office.  You can read the “Globalist Agenda” at www.globalistagenda.org/.  Here a few exerts from there.

Overpopulation

The elite have long viewed a rising population as a threat to their dominance. They realized that eventually a large number of people will inevitably overthrow and remove them from power. They are particularly concerned with the middle class whose intelligence and capacity to organize makes them the biggest threat. Consequently, the elite plan to destroy the middle class and make all the of public equally poor and thus incapable of rebelling. As written on the Georgia Guidestones, they want a global population of just 500 million. This means 6+ billion people must die over the coming century.

Dumbing Down of the Population

A well informed and educated population is the last thing they want as they prepare to bring the people through the greatest period of change in human history. To accomplish this they have systematically reduced the quality of education and have chemically reduced the IQ of the population by adding fluoride to the water and mercury to the vaccines.

What is truly remarkable about this whole thing is that the Bible predicted this several thousand years ago.  Read about the four horse men of Revelation 6, when Christ opens the 7 sealed book.    Rev.  6:7-8, “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”  So a fourth part of the Earth’s population, 7.6 Billion, would be 1.9 Billion people die in that event.

Population Reduction

As stated in the section on beliefs, the elite are obsessed with over population and have written about it for centuries. Consequently, as written on the Georgia Guidestones, they want a global population of just 500 million. This means 6 billion people must die over the coming century starting in 2010. http://www.globalistagenda.org/.

The Globalist Agenda was delayed in the election of Donald Trump and why we have all the trouble with our politicians these days. Presidential candidate and highly successful businessman Donald Trump said it best; we should be concentrating on Americanism, not globalism.”  The “Globalist Agenda”.

The Atlantic Council, a think-tank, wrote a 57-page report, “Envisioning 2030: U.S. Leadership in a Post-Western World,” to help prepare the Obama Administration and its global partners for unprecedented change.”

The report predicts a future of “vast economic and political volatility, environmental catastrophe, and conflicting, inward-looking nationalisms that would be unlike any period that the United States has seen before.”  “President Obama will be setting the tone and direction for U.S. policy in a post-Western world.” (Atlantic Council, Executive Summary, p. 5)

President Obama was very much an agent to bring in the “Globalist Agenda”, as you can see by what he has said,    “Instead of having a set of policies that are equipping people for the globalization of the economy, we have policies that are accelerating the most destructive trends of the global economy.” , “My second piece of advice is to stay global. As the world continues to change and we become more connected to each other, globalization will bring both benefits and disruptions to our lives. But either way, it’s here, and it’s not going away.” Barack Obama”.

The agenda has been set, “This is a succinct presentation of the madness contained in the various plans to transform the planet: Agenda 21, Agenda 2030 and now Vision 2050. This is Technocracy at its peak, and the only opportunity we will have to stop it is before it imposes a complete scientific dictatorship. TN Editor.”

Remember,  we are talking about the “Rapture and the AntiChrist” coming to power.  In doing so, according to Gavin Finley MD – endtimepilgrim.org and his work on,  “METONIC CYCLES AND THE 70TH WEEK OF DANIEL”, gives us various dates when the rapture could happen,

The lines in yellow are the years when the rapture is most likely to happen.     The lines in yellow show the dates when “The Feast of Trumpets” would sound that the Rapture would happen.   While some scholars think the rapture would happen  according to this timing.  We see in the chart the first two dates in yellow are past, leaving the years 2020, 2022, and 2025 left.   However, while these lines in yellow, denote the year.  These dates, May 31, 2020, June 5-6, 2022,  June 8, 2025,  are possible for the Feast of Pentecost that the Rapture would happen.

Our Great Lord and Savior Jesus is a sovereign God and his plans will not be upset by man.  His plan is set and no matter what the “Globalist” may intend to happen it will not happen, but instead use their plan to his benefit on his terms and not before.  That’s why I said we have had a reprieve from the Lord in the election of Present Donald Trump! 

THE FEASTS OF THE LORD, PART 2

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Here are the Original Spring Feasts Dates.

Feast of Passover,                   14 Nisan, 3790, or Wednesday, April 5, 30AD,                                  Feast of Unleavened Bread, 15-21 Nisan, 3790, or Thursday, Wednesday, 4-10, 30AD.                  Feast of Firstfruits,                 18 Nisan, 3790, or Sunday, April 7, 30AD,                            Pentecost,                                   8 Sivan, 3790, or Sunday,  May 26, 30 AD

an overview of the Feasts of the Lord, we will be looking at them according to date on the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars, which can be a little confusing at times.

Passover on the Hebrew calendar is always on 14 Nisan no matter what day of the week it falls on in the Gregorian we pagans use today.

Unleavened Bread follows Passover on the calendar, therefore, the dates are 15-21 Nisan, lasting one week.

Firstfruits, according to the Scriptures, it will be on a Sunday, the first day of the week!     Matt. 28:1,  “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher”. 

These first three feasts speak of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.  Jesus’ death, for the Israelites, as the slain lamb, whose blood was placed on the door post as the angel of death passover the Israelites to spare the first born son of each home, Exodus 12.  The Unleavened Bread was to be eaten with the lamb and bitter herbs.    This bread speaks of the sinlessness of the savior and the casting out of sin from a person’s life.  For we know a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump, Gal. 5:9.  The Feast of Firstfruits speak of the Resurrection of Christ from the grave, gaining victory over Death, Hell, and Satan.   

The timing of these events comes into question here, especially with Passover and Firstfruits.  Firstfruits need be on Sunday, as noted above and Jesus was 3 days and nights in the grave, Matt. 12:40,   “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”.   This means that this Passover was on a Wednesday not on Friday in a particular year in the life of Christ.  You cannot get 3 full days and nights with a Friday Death, Burial, and resurrection.   The Resurrection when Christ rose from the dead was on the sunset at the end of the weekly Saturday Sabbath, 6:01pm Saturday, the Hebrew first day of the week, Sunday, Matt. 28:1.  

Passover Nisan 14, 3790,   April 3, 30 AD is a Wednesday,  meaning Nisan 15, 30 AD is a High Sabbath Day, and the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread.  Also meaning, within a two week time line there will be four Sabbath Days, two regular and two high sabbath days.  Firstfruits would be 18 Nisan, 3790,  or Sunday,  April 7, 30 AD.

Pentecost was 50 days following the Feast of Firstfruits, 7 Sabbaths and one day.  The resurrection of Christ Jesus was a Sunday, therefore, the Feast of Shavuot, of weeks, of harvest, or Pentecost is a Sunday, (8 Sivan, 3790, May 26, 30 AD), Ex.23:14-17, Lev 23, Duet. 16:16.  The correct annual date for Pentecost is not connected to the date of Easter, and Pentecost did not originate with the beginnings of Christianity.   The Greek word πεντηκοστή in the Septuagint translation of the Old Testament in reference to the Hebrew’s Feast of Shavuot, which is celebrated every year in very late spring.

It should be noted that Jesus fulfilled each of these feasts, not only observing them each year he lived, but actually became them with His Death, Burial, and Resurrection and through the Spirit, Pentecost.  It is also amazing that the Jews missed these events since they were all mentioned in the Old Testament hundreds of years before they happened and these feasts they practiced and rehearsed every year!

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The Feast of Trumpets falls on the first of Tishri, the 7th month of the Hebrew sacred calendar and first on the civic calendar.  Israel, has two calendars because they reflect both the Lunar and solar calendars.  Wikilinks said The Hebrew calendar, “is a lunisolar calendar used today predominantly for Jewish religious observances. It determines the dates for Jewish holidays and the appropriate public reading of Torah portions, yahrzeits (dates to commemorate the death of a relative), and daily Psalm readings, among many ceremonial uses. In Israel, it is used for religious purposes, provides a time frame for agriculture and is an official calendar for civil purposes, although the latter usage has been steadily declining in favor of the Gregorian calendar.”

The Feasts of Trumpets, Leviticus 23:23-25,  is the only feast that is based on the sighting of the new moon while all the others are based on the full moon.  Since it is based on the new moon sighting it is interesting to note that there is no one certain day it can called, because it took two priests to make a physical sighting of when the new moon was and that info had to be passed on to the High Priests.  This Day is also known as one long day.  This Day is also associated the wedding feast of the bridegroom coming for his bride.     It is started with a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, and an holy convocation.  It is also called Rosh Hashanah, which means “Head of the Year,” because it marks the beginning of the Jewish civil calendar.  The Hebrew word תרועה Yom Teruah, has this definition, which means “a shout” or “a blowing.” It appears that the shofar (ram’s horn) was to be blown at this time, as it was on the other new moons (Psalm 81:3). Jewish tradition indicates that both the ram’s horn and the priestly silver horns (hazozerah) were used in the Feast of Trumpets.  The Feast of Trumpets was a blowing of trumpets to announce to God’s people of a time of judgement and Christ’s coming, ” (Joel 2:1; see also Zephaniah 1:14,16).  Now while these three feasts all are in the same month of Tishri the timing or fullment of their events may happen in different years.  Daniel’s prophecy in Dan 9, 24-27, noting the time of Jacobs trouble, Jeremiah 30, that there may be years between the three fall Feasts, even though they celebrated every year at the same time each year.  There are 7 years between Christ’s actual coming and a time of judgement by the anti-christ, Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Jer. 30, Dan 9:24-27.

The Feast of Atonement is kept on 10 Tishri for 5 days, and known as Yom Kippur.  Leviticus 16:1-34 brings out all the rituals involved, in how the priests are to react and how the Children of Israel are to repent before the Lord returns. Jews today still celebrate the annual Day of Atonement, traditionally observing this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. This Feast falls on different days each year in the Gregorian calendar in September-October, like all the rest of the feasts.  The first Yom Kippur was instituted the day after the the Israelites worshipped the golden calf, and Moses told them they had sinned a great sin, Ex 32:30-33 and Ex 34:39-30 When Moses came down claiming God had forgiven them.  

The Feast of Tabernacles is celebrated on 15 Tishri by the Israelites.  On our modern Gregorian calendar, which did NOT exist at the time of Christ Jesus’ birth, He would have been born on Saturday, 30 September, 4BC, according to the Hebcal Converter, and not December 25th, as the Catholics set forth.   The Feast of Tabernacles.  15 Tishri,  3761 (Hebrew year must be in the common era (3761 and above)  on the Hebrew’s calendar,  would be the day Jesus was born and is associated when He comes again 15 Tishri in an up coming year, marks when Jesus will come again to establish His kingdom here on earth as the King of Kings, Rev. 19.  This comes from believing the verse that says Jesus is Emanuel, God With Us, Matthew 1:23, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us”.  He was with us at his birth and will be again at his second coming and that time is celebrated by the Israelites each year on  15 Tishri, the Feast of Tabernacles, or Feast of Booths.   

Leviticus 23:39-43,   Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.Sukkot-56a1485c3df78cf772692870

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This has been a short overview of the Feasts of the Lord and designed to get you started on a study of of your own.

 

ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT?

The time is drawing near as mentioned in the blog about the End Time Events.  We are on the eve of the Anti-Christ playing his “One World Government” card.  Internet sources predict a 2030 date for there agenda to kick off, or be in full swing, that is just twelve years from now.  The goals of the Anti-Christ are laid out in the book of Revelation chapter thirteen.   The agenda of the anti-Christ through the United Nations is to make this happen as seen in the chart.14134705_666038046886022_737894274_n

The last four Presidents were all in favor of this agenda. The Sovereign God to ensure his plan caused an upset in Satan’s agenda with our 2016 Presidential election!  He placed a President in office that has thwarted this agenda like no other!   1 Cor. 1:27-28   “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are”.   If you watch the news you can see how God has gummed up the works for Liberals and the Democrats by his choice of president or the USA in the last election!

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“The only thing they are lacking right now is a sufficient crisis big enough to win enthusiastic public support in America and other nations in the world for full-on global governance,” says Paul McGuire, a Fox News and History Channel contributor and co-author of the new release, “Babylon Code: Solving the Bible’s Greatest End Time Mystery.”        Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/obama-puts-u-s-on-fast-track-to-world-government/#OwDMhe4J6u9E9fsC.99.   
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Do you think the Korean, “Rocket Man” could provide this substantial crisis that would be big enough to kick this off?     But this is no joking matter and I don’t mean to make light of this situation.  But what this really means is that one needs to be sure they have a right relationship with the Lord.  They need to ask God to forgive their sin and ask Christ to come into their heart and save them.   Follow this scripture

Romans 10:9-13 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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End Time Events

In the way our country and our world have established themselves, one could say we are in the “End Times”!   It was seen Nov. 28, 2017 that North Korea has an ICBM missile that can now reach the USA!    So the question is, how long is it before the Antichrist plays the “One World Government” card?   There is no doubt that the USA is under the judgment of God, with hurricanes in the south, forrest fires in California, a volcano in Hawaii, and now a vicious threat from North Korea.   This is a very real threat could be the event that could push the USA into WWIII.  We are seeing Sexual Harassment and Assault cases in every area from governmental agencies to the private sector, which alone to be enough to bring the judgment of God upon us.

          The key to the beginning of end time events is the Nation of Israel.  What is happening to them is what needs to be looked at to determine were we are at in the end times.  However, it will take a crisis to bring in the End Times.  Look at this quote from Paul McGuire, a Fox News and History Channel contributor and co-author of the new release, “Babylon Code: Solving the Bible’s Greatest End Time Mystery.   “The only thing they are lacking right now is a sufficient crisis big enough to win enthusiastic public support in America and other nations in the world for full-on global governance,”   

Should North Korea shoot off a missile or the USA set off a pre-emptive strike could be the crisis it takes to set off the one world government movement.  

          What do think?   Let me hear from you on End Time Events.   Send your Comment at the bottom of this page!

Who Were the Seventy Apostles

          The Seventy chosen by the Lord Jesus are only recorded in the Gospel of Luke in chapter ten.  Their names are not recorded but they were given a call very similar to that of the twelve.  In Luke 10 these Seventy were never referred to as apostles and Luke refers to the Seventy as “disciples”.  Most likely some or many did not meet the qualifications for apostles, even though they are sent out by Christ.  Catholic scholars have lists of who the Seventy might be and you can Google to see them.

          The Seventy find they are to go to every city that the Lord would go Himself, while the Twelve were only to go to the Nation of Israel.   This means their travels was not limited to just Jews but may have  include Gentiles, as well.  The other significant difference was in the message the two groups were to deliver.  The Twelve were to preach “The Kingdom of Heaven was at hand”, (Matt. 10:7) while the Seventy were to deliver in their message, “The Kingdom of God is at hand”  (Luke 10:11).  This is signifiant because of who they are and who they represent.  The Message of the Twelve was to be given to the Nation of Israel only.  Therefore the “Kingdom of Heaven” was a message for the Nation of Israel, for The Millennial Kingdom is the fulfillment of the covenants of God to them. 

          Yes, there are those who say that both statements can be used interchangeably!  Even though similar things can be said of both, they are very much different in there nature.   The real fact that connect these two Kingdoms together is that King Jesus is the King of both when he is present.  The Kingdom of Heaven is a literal, physical, and political kingdom.  Something your five senses can appreciate.  This literal, physical, and political kingdom was given to Adam when he was created, Gen. 1:27-28 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth”.   To have dominion over something is the work of a king.images

          The Kingdom of Heaven is a literal, physical, and political place noted in Genesis, the firmament (the Universe) is called Heaven.   Gen. 1:8  “And God called the firmament Heaven.”  Adam was made, the king, of this kingdom by the Trinity.  Over the past 6000 years this literal, physical, and political kingdom changed hands from time to time to where Satan is now the god of this world,  the being in charge of what goes on here on this planet, (2 For. 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”).  

          However, with that being said, one must understand God is sovereign,  He ultimately controls all things through the covenants He has made.  When Jesus was here during his first advent the phrase “is at hand”, was associated with both “Kingdoms”,  was valid.   The Israelites rejection of Jesus as their King allowed Satan to keep his seat.  When Jesus returns as King of Kings he will take Satan off his throne and through him in the pit, Rev 20:1-3.Covenants

          When Jesus returns as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords to establish His Kingdom on earth.  He will take “The Kingdom of Heaven” from Satan. Sentencing him to thousand year stay in the bottomless pit, Rev. 20:1-11.  The theological term for this thousand year reign of Christ is; “The Millennial Kingdom”.   This is discussed by Christ in the Book of Matthew in “The Sermon on the Mount”,  in chapters 5-7.  This is the fulfillment of the covenants given to the Nation of Israel throughout the Old Testament.

          The Kingdom of God, on the other hand, is the message of the Seventy, is not a literal, physical, and political kingdom, but “The Kingdom God” is of a spiritual nature, John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”   This Kingdom of God is only entered by one being “Born Again”,  John 3:3-7.  “Ye must be born again”.  One who is “Born Again” become a sons of God, John 1:11-13, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Look for posts on “Eternal Life” for discussions on being “Born Again” and “Sons of God”.

          One can see, in these verses, how through the rejection of Jesus, by the Nation of Israel, how Jesus failed to become king and the Nation of Israel missed having “The Kingdom of Heaven”.  Jesus is returning as the conquering savior, Rev. 19:11-21.  “He will rule the nations with a rod of iron”, Rev. 19:15.  Jesus now the King of ‘The Kingdom of Heaven, throwing the Beast and False Prophet in the “Lake of Fire” and Satan into the “Bottomless Pit”, will establish his “Millennial Reign” on this earth.

When Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, Acts 1:8, He left as a Priest in The Kingdom of God only.  The kingship of The Kingdom of Heaven was left in Satan’s hands.  Jesus now is head of his body, the church, a priest, until He returns as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”, Rev. 19:11-21.   His office He fills now is Priest.  He was the “Prophet” in the Old Testament and will be positioned as “King” when he returns.

          The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to the Nation of Israel, and while they are in the land possession takes place when their King arrives.    The Kingdom of God is inhabited by the Church, the “Bride of Christ”.  Through the covenants of God the Nation of Israel was promised a Kingdom.  When Jesus returns as King he will fulfill this promise to them.  A look at Revelation 20, 21, and 22 will give you something to think about when God makes a new heaven and new earth.

Who were the Seventy apostles?  It is hard to say they were apostles, but we do know they were disciples, Luke 10.  The word apostle is not used for their description.  By definition of the word apostle they seem to fit the definition.  However, they may not bare the name apostle because they may have not met the qualifications.  See blog “The Apostles of the Lord?”